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Hi guys. I am purchasing the Swiftech H20 320 Edge HD kit. I do not have room for it inside of my case, so I will be putting it outside the Raidmax Serian, on the top. I need a way to (A) Get power to the pump. (B) Power the 6 PWM fans and control their speed. (C) Mount the radiator. I will replace the tube with white. There are grommets on the back of my case to run the tubes through. Let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks in advance!
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Hi guys. I am purchasing the Swiftech H20 320 Edge HD kit. I do not have room for it inside of my case, so I will be putting it outside the Raidmax Serian, on the top. I need a way to (A) Get power to the pump. (B) Power the 6 PWM fans and control their speed. (C) Mount the radiator. I will replace the tube with white. There are grommets on the back of my case to run the tubes through. Let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks in advance!
I got a great idea. Buy a case that can hold a 360mm rad. Its actually a longer list then you would think. wink.gif

But in all honesty, what you will do is put the block on the cpu, run the aftermarket tubes you want to the rad. Now for the rad, what you will do is make sure the hose end of the rad is facing away from the front of the case. I'm not sure if you got 8 screws that would be long enough to hold a fan to the rad, but you should have. What you will do is go, bottom -> up, top of case, fan, rad. Do that for the first 2 "slots" on the rad, then simply add the other fans onto it. Next run the wires through the "water cooling grommets" into the case, you may need some extenders. Then simply hook them up to a fan controller and done. biggrin.gif Just make sure to get some fan covers so A: less dust B: nothing can accidently get caught in a fan, breaking the blades.
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So..... I will get dome screws that fit the holes in the rad, and either cut a hole in the top of my case (not ideal) or use nuts on those screws to hold up the rad. I will drill holes in the case where the screws will come up from the bottom/inside of the case. (don't worry, I have the proper bits to cut steel)biggrin.gif Then I will use the nuts to hold the rad up high enough off the case to get air. The second set of nuts will help hold the fans attached to said screws up tight against the rad. I hope I am being clear. About getting power cables long enough..... will one MOBO fan header have enough power to use a 6 way PWM splitter for the fans? I will have to find a way to get long enough cables...... The pump will go on the CPU fan header for now. Or, I could drill a larger hole in the case for the fan and pump power cords. Any ideas?
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So..... I will get dome screws that fit the holes in the rad, and either cut a hole in the top of my case (not ideal) or use nuts on those screws to hold up the rad. I will drill holes in the case where the screws will come up from the bottom/inside of the case. (don't worry, I have the proper bits to cut steel)biggrin.gif Then I will use the nuts to hold the rad up high enough off the case to get air. The second set of nuts will help hold the fans attached to said screws up tight against the rad. I hope I am being clear. About getting power cables long enough..... will one MOBO fan header have enough power to use a 6 way PWM splitter for the fans? I will have to find a way to get long enough cables...... The pump will go on the CPU fan header for now. Or, I could drill a larger hole in the case for the fan and pump power cords. Any ideas?
Oh crap I didnt even see that it didn't have holes for fans up top. Why did you buy this case? I say, sell this case, get something like this
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146114&AID=10657534&PID=3938566&SID=&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA
for $90 and then you dont have to worry about doing some sort of ghetto mod.

I mean your idea is sound in theory, but those would have to be like 1/4-1/2" nuts to hold the rad up high enough off the case. Plus you would get mad vibration from those nuts, which will drive you up the wall. One mobo fan header will only power like 3 of these if your lucky, plus it would burn out that fan header faster. The fan headers aren't meant to output that much voltage all the time (at least on most motherboards). You could fab a hole in the top so you could get the pump and stuff in through the roof, but I wouldn't trust that case to hold up after taking a large chunk of the roof out.
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Ok. I will see if I can find the money for a new case. If not, would rubber washers help? I have access to a lot of materials. The case itself is sound enough for 135 LB me to sit on with no problems, I would assume it would do OK with a large hole. I will look into a bay drive fan controller, the case has one already, but will only do 3 fans.
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Ok. I will see if I can find the money for a new case. If not, would rubber washers help? I have access to a lot of materials. The case itself is sound enough for 135 LB me to sit on with no problems, I would assume it would do OK with a large hole. I will look into a bay drive fan controller, the case has one already, but will only do 3 fans.
Rubber washers would help quite a bit, but the making a hole will kill the structural integrity of the case. Raidmax cases are NOT well built at all.
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Ok. I will try the rubber washer idea, we will see where it goes from there. Thank you for your help. A side thought..... have you ever seen a black cover for PSUs? I rather dislike the look of all the cables, and would like to hide them.
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Ok. I will try the rubber washer idea, we will see where it goes from there. Thank you for your help. A side thought..... have you ever seen a black cover for PSUs? I rather dislike the look of all the cables, and would like to hide them.
I haven't but maybe someone else has.
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I got the power figured out. I found a PWM splitter which will support five fans, and draws power from a molex connector. I will then get another Y to draw the power for the last fan.
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I got the power figured out. I found a PWM splitter which will support five fans, and draws power from a molex connector. I will then get another Y to draw the power for the last fan.
that would work. Then the mobo can still control the fans, just all at once.
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